PERFORMANCE AUDIT OF PUNJAB SKILL DEVELOPMENT FUND (PSDF).
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014 Client: DFID Pakistan
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: We have carried out the Performance Audit of PSDF. The purpose of the audit is to assess the existing setup and its capacity to deliver the scale up to the whole of Punjab. The scope entailed, appraisal of the existing institutional arrangement, management systems and process flows of the PSDF. Further, assessing the extent to which the PSDF operation has achieved its goals and objectives in an effective, efficient and economical manner. The scope of work for the Institutional Assessment entails: Conduct a structured to gauge views of the PSDF Board, management and staff on the goals, objectives and future vision for the Fund. The exercise will define the PSDF vision, goals and objectives to guide existing operations as well as the scale up phase. Assess the institutional arrangement of PSDF as a Section 42 company and compliance with legal requirements vis-a-viz institutional structure, codes of conduct, standard operating procedures, process flows and rules of business. Also review the degree of autonomy exercised and checks and balances in place in the financial, management, implementation, and accountability matters. Review governance and management structures of PSDF in relation to its agenda; including the value addition of the private sector representation in the Board and the management of and delivery by PSDF. This will also cover internal communication channels and practices, reporting hierarchies, information creation and its role in management decision making, and systems available to the PSDF Board to perform its oversight and strategic planning role. Assess the degree of organizational integration and systems harmonization to facilitate smooth flow of programme activities and the attainment of programme objectives. This would cover key functions pertaining to programme planning and strategic development, programme implementation, quality assurance, information management, monitoring and evaluation, procurement, financial management, legal, and human resource. Analyze the quality and efficacy of PSDF arrangements dedicated to enhance systems accountability and transparency. This among others would cover control and accountability mechanisms, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation systems, beneficiary tracking and outreach. Conduct a human resource assessment (including incentive structures) of PSDF in relation to roles and responsibilities of key positions, the broader agenda of the PSDF, and scale up plans. Provide the human resource requirements capacity building framework for PSDF with the objective to efficiently meet existing and future (including scale-up) needs. PEOP is a GFBP 55 million program jointly funded by DFID and Government of Punjab by providing GBP 25 each and an additional GBP 5 million as technical assistance by DFID.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT FOR CITIZEN’S DAMAGE COMPENSATION PROGRAM (CDCP).
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014
Client: The World Bank
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: Scope and responsibilities is to ensure smooth running of the financial and operational processes and procedures for Programs are in line with the relevant rules and procedures of the World Bank and the Government of Pakistan. The scope of the assignment will be to advise on designing and developing a comprehensive Financial and Operational Management system for the Programs and to also their periodic reviews. The assignment was undertaken by Mr. Hussain as an independent consultant with the World Bank.
RATIONING ANALYSIS OF THE BENEFICIARIES’ PAYMENTS OF BISP.
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014
Client: The World Bank
Type: Operations, Development Sector
Description: Analysis of the beneficiaries’ payments made during the financial year 2012-13 to the BISP beneficiaries. This included analysis of the funds disbursed made to 3.9 million beneficiaries as at the start of the financial year right down the district level. The assignment was undertaken by Mr. Hussain as an independent consultant with the World Bank.
REVIEW OF THE TORS OF THE TA CONSULTANTS OF BISP.
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014
Client: DFID Pakistan
Type: Strategy, Operations
Description: Carry out a review of the Terms of References (ToRs) of the consultants deployed at BISP under the Technical Assistance program. The objective will be to analyze their ToRs for cross reporting and/or over lapping of the scope of work amongst each other.
RAPID ASSESSMENT OF THE BENEFICIARIES’ PAYMENT MODULE OF BISP.
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014
Client: DFID Pakistan
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: Carried out a rapid assessment of the beneficiaries’ payment module to identify area of improvements in order to develop robust, efficient, transparent and accountable payment mechanisms with adequate checks and balances to develop an auditable trail of the beneficiaries’ payment during each tranche disbursement.
PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR BENAZIR INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM (BISP).
Financial Year : 2013 - 2015
Client: DFID Pakistan
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: The objective of this assignment is to assist DFID in providing technical assistance to BISP while ensuring that a well-designed, accountable, transparent and efficient financial and procurement system is in place. We provide technical assistence for smooth running of the financial and operational processes/procedures for BISP. Scope also includes necessary support to the SCT team/ the Portfolio risk and assurance team during the annual FRA follow up i.e. the annual statement of progress and process review of the program.
DEVELOPMENT OF BENEFICIARIES PAYMENT VERIFICATION INTERFACE
Financial Year : 2014 - 2015
Client: The World Bank
Type: Operations, Technologies
Description: To obtain additional assurance as to the completeness and accuracy of the quarterly tranche details of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Intigro is developing a user friendly interface for the Finance and Accounts (F&A) department of BISP based on the design document which was developed under a separate contracting arrangement. The interface will be support the F&A department to verify the tranche generated by the payments department. The assignment was undertaken by Mr. Hussain as an independent consultant with the World Bank.
DEVELOPMENT OF A PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR BISP
Financial Year : 2013 - 2014
Client: The World Bank
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: An effective PFM system would be instrumental in establishing a firm grip on the organization and to steer it forward. Currently, there is no system to gauge the performance of the organization as a whole or of the individual departments. Further, PFM is also a legal covenant in the agreement for the additional funding from the World Bank, which has not been complied to-date. The work on development of the PFM system for BISP was initiated with the assistance of the World Bank in February 2013. The first round of meetings was completed in March 2013. Afterwards a zero draft was developed but due to foreseeable changes in the management of BISP at the highest level the work was postponed which was later resumed in August 2013. The second round of meetings was completed by October 11th, 2013, based on which the first set of KPIs have been developed and are now being presented in this report. The assignment was undertaken by Mr. Hussain as an independent consultant with the World Bank.
IMPLEMENTATION OF GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Financial Year : 2005 - 2006
Client: Fisher Folk
Type: Operations, Technologies
Description: Development of grant management system to manage grant funds for the donor. The assignment included implementation of SAGE Accounting together with customization of the general ledger to record and report costs for themes that are funded by the donor
IMPLEMENTATION OF GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Financial Year : 2005 - 2006
Client: Green Rural Development Organization
Type: Operations, Technologies, Development Sector
Description: Development of grant management system to manage grant funds for the donor. The assignment included implementation of SAGE Accounting together with customization of the general ledger to record and report costs for themes that are funded by the donor.